Odds and Analysis for Every Big Bash Team – Betting on the Outright Winner of the 2020/21 Season
The 2020/21 Big Bash campaign gets underway on Thursday, December 10, with a jam-packed schedule of T20 cricket on the horizon.
With over 60 matches crammed into just under two months, Australia’s most-watched sporting competition is gearing up for another thrilling season.
Many of the leading online sportsbooks are already offering odds for the outright winner of BBL 10. Let’s start by looking at the bookies’ prices before assessing the teams.
Last year’s beaten finalists Melbourne Stars (4.33) are the bookmakers’ favorites this year, although defending champions Sydney Sixers (5.00) aren’t far behind.
Interestingly, the other two teams from Melbourne and Sydney – the Renegades (11.00) and the Thunder (11.00) – find themselves at the other end of the odds list.
Adelaide Strikers (6.00), Perth Scorchers (6.00), and Brisbane Heat (7.00) are all evenly matched, while Hobart Hurricanes (8.00) go in search of their first-ever BBL title this year.
I analyze every team below.
Melbourne Stars (4.33)
The Stars have never won a Big Bash title, but having reached the final in the past two years, the Melbourne team is the bookies’ favorite this time around.
Coached by David Hussey, the Stars have made several high-profile overseas signings for BBL 10. Rising West Indies star Nicholas Pooran and Englishman Jonny Bairstow have joined the club, along with promising young Afghan spinner Zahir Khan.
The new arrivals join local heroes Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, and Adam Zampa. We all know that captain Maxwell is capable of the seemingly impossible. But let’s not forget that Stoinis smashed the BBL high score record last season, hitting 147 runs off 79 balls against the Sixers.
Beaten finalists in the previous two campaigns, the Stars will be desperate to go one better in BBL 10 and finally get their hands on the elusive trophy.
Sydney Sixers (5.00)
Just when you thought the defending champions couldn’t get any stronger, they go and sign Carlos Braithwaite. The giant West Indian all-rounder teams up with a host of homegrown stars in Sydney and a couple of impressive imports.
The Sixers’ squad is packed with talent. Captain Moises Henriques has been humiliating BBL bowlers ever since the tournament began back in 2011, while Mitchell Starc is widely regarded as one of the best pacemen in world cricket.
When you throw English duo Tom Curran and James Vince into the mix, the Sydney outfit must be viewed as serious contenders to defend their crown.
With two BBL trophies and two runners-up medals in their silverware cabinet, the Sixers are destined to make a big impact on the upcoming season.
Adelaide Strikers (6.00)
Adelaide finished third in the table last season but was eventually handed fourth place after losing to the Thunder in the knockout round. Needless to say, the 2017/18 champions will be eager to make their mark on the latter stages of the tournament again this term.
Batsman Matt Renshaw has joined from Brisbane Heat, with Dan Worrall replacing Billy Stanlanke in the bowling line-up. But there is no denying that keeping hold off Rashid Khan was the Strikers’ best piece of offseason business.
Khan is still only 22, yet he remains the number one-ranked T20 bowler in the world. The Afghani leg-spinner looks set to play a big role for the South Australia side this season.
It is hardly surprising to see the Strikers at the top end of the bookmakers’ list of favorites. Captained by Travis Head, the squad is brimming with experience. Veteran bowler Peter Siddle can still wreak havoc with the ball, while wicket-keeper batsman Alex Carey brings plenty of know-how.
With Englishmen Danny Briggs and Phil Salt also in their ranks, the Strikers will be difficult to stop.
Perth Scorchers (6.50)
Not team has won more BBL titles than Perth. Remarkably, the Western Australia outfit reached five finals in the first six years of the competition, with triumphs in 2013/14, 2014/15, and 2016/17.
However, the Scorchers have recently endured a dreadful couple of years. After finishing bottom of the table in 2018/19, they could only manage sixth place last term.
Coach Adam Voges will be hoping that big-hitting recruits Jason Roy and Colin Munro can help end the barren spell. On his day, England T20 opener Roy has the potential to singlehandedly fire the Scorchers to glory. New Zealand’s Munro is also among to best one-day batsmen on the planet.
Spinner Ashton Agar currently sits third in the world T20 bowling rankings, with fellow Aussies Mitchel Marsh and Cameron Bancroft adding to Perths’ seemingly endless list of top-class players.
The Scorchers head into the new season with a point to prove. That could make them very dangerous.
Brisbane Heat (7.00)
Brisbane has not had much to shout about in recent years. Finishes of seventh, fifth, and seventh in the last three seasons make the club’s 2012/13 triumph seem like a very long time ago.
The Heat may have lost Matt Renshaw and Ben Cutting during the offseason, but many believe the Queenslanders’ squad is more than capable of challenging for the trophy this time around.
Notably, Brisbane has retained the services of highly-rated English youngster Tom Banton. The 22-year-old returns to Australia with a seasons’ worth of IPL experience under his belt, teaming up with local hero Marnus Labuschagne and Afghanistan spinner Mujeeb ur Rahman.
If captain Chris Lynn – the BBL’s record run-scorer – plays his cards right, there is no reason why the Heat can’t compete with the bookies’ frontrunners in the upcoming campaign.
Hobart Hurricanes (8.00)
Number one-ranked T20 batsman Dawid Malan comes in to bolster an already powerful Hobart batting line-up this year. The Englishman joins Aussies Matthew Wade, Ben McDermott, and D’Arcy Short, as well as former Melbourne Stars man Peter Handscomb.
The Hurricanes head into BBL 10 on the back of a series of impressive campaigns. After securing the runner-up spot in 2017/18, Hobart won ten of their opening 14 matches to top the table the following year, only to lose to the Stars in the semi-finals.
The Tasmanians also qualified for the knockout stages last season, but they were eventually eliminated by Sydney Thunder.
Having reached the final in two of the past seven years, the Canes clearly know what it takes to go deep into the tournament. If new overseas imports Sandeep Lamichhane and Keemo Paul hit the ground running, Hobart could claim their first-ever Big Bash crown.
Melbourne Renegades (11.00)
Following a dismal 2019/20 campaign, the Renegades find themselves towards the bottom end of the bookmakers’ list of favorites this year. But I’m sure they won’t mind too much. In fact, they will probably relish the underdog tag.
The Melbourne club finished rock bottom of the table last term, winning just three of their 14 matches. But having won the title the previous year, it wouldn’t be surprising if Michael Klingler’s men made a resurgence.
I mean, any team captained by Aaron Finch is worth worrying about, right? The brawny Australian is third in the world T20 batting rankings, although you don’t need the rankings to tell you how good he is.
All-rounder Mohammad Nabi is back in Victoria for another year, while paceman James Pattinson has been snatched from Brisbane. South African pair Imran Tahir and Rilee Rossouw have also been signed, making the Renegades a force to be reckoned with.
Sydney Thunder (11.00)
Like the Renegades, the Thunder will also be confident of proving their doubters wrong in the coming months. The Sydneysiders came within one match of the final last term, yet the bookies clearly aren’t expecting them to challenge this season.
Still, I can see the Thunder making a real impact in BBL 10. Along with captain Callum Ferguson, big-hitting Brits Alex Hales and Sam Billings make the team’s top order frighteningly strong. Veteran all-rounder Ben Cutting has also been acquired from the Heat, adding valuable experience to the squad.
With his international career seemingly over, Usman Khawaja has committed his future to the Thunder, at least for now. It is no secret that Khawaja is one of Australia’s top batsman, but he must discover some consistency.
The Thunder won the BBL in 2015/16, although seven bottom-three finishes in the last nine seasons underline the team’s fortunes.
The tenth edition of the Big Bash League is arguably the most anticipated season to date. With exciting new rules – Bash Boost, Power Surge, and the X-Factor – and teams being allowed three overseas players in their starting XI, BBL 10 promises to dish up plenty of drama.
The Stars and the Sixers are currently favored by the bookies, but I’m sure the odds will fluctuate as the campaign unfolds. Make sure you keep an eye on the prices as the season develops.
Remember, BBL 10 kicks off on Thursday, December 10. We will be providing free betting tips and predictions for every match in our picks section.